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City of Ballarat Community Magazine April 2010
A celebration of cultural
Held from Monday 15 to Sunday 21 March, Cultural Diversity Week 2010
celebrated Ballarat's cultural, linguistic and religious diversity with a week-
Ballarat residents and visitors engaged in a range of activities including
cooking classes, film nights, music, performance, workshops, dancing and
Primary school students had the opportunity to attend Understanding
Chinese Culture sessions at Sovereign Hill during the festival, which
included a visit to the Chinese Camp and information about Chinese
writing, religion and costumes.
Students also participated in the Traditional Chinese Craft Workshop at the
Ballarat Mining Exchange where they tried their hand at Chinese paper
cutting and designing their own Chinese opera mask.
The Mining Exchange also hosted Ballarat's Biggest Playgroup -- a free
event of musical activities, story time, baby play-time and craft.
Films during the festival included a Japanese family film night, two African
Refugee documentaries and The Weeping Camel screened on behalf of
the Ballarat Film Society.
Food lovers tasted Indian food and participated in a Sushi-making
workshop at the Ballarat Central Highlands Library, or enjoyed a taste-of-
the-world lunch prepared by international students from the University of
The 'Taste of Harmony' initiative encouraged people to bring a plate of
cultural cuisine to work to share amongst colleagues.
Music events ranged from Lady Fingers, Melbourne's first multicultural
women's DJ collective, to a Multicultural Concert featuring Spanish Latin
band Los Locos with traditional Indian and Irish dancing, multicultural
food stalls, roving entertainment and music. The Ballarat Clarendon Choir
also preformed at the official launch of Cultural Diversity Week.
KITA's highly skilled dancers provided an insight into performing arts from
China, Korea, Japan and Indonesia, while deaf arts performer Asphyxia
(and her interpreter) taught a crowd the Australian classic song 'My Island
Home' in Auslan and performed a gothic tale called The Grimstones.
People participated in a workshop to learn the ancient tradition of henna
body art, tried yoga and meditation, listened to stories about indigenous
cultures, looked at Irish artist Sandra Minchin's unique work, joined
conversations about faith, learnt how to make traditional food by
Sudanese women, and participated in a day of bocce, petanque and
One of the highlights of the festival was the highly anticipated harmony
dinner celebration, where guests wore national costumes or orange
clothes and were entertained by a number of cultural acts, including
Melbourne Peruvian band Inka Marka.
The City of Ballarat is committed to strengthening and engaging our
diverse multicultural communities through initiatives such as Cultural
Diversity Week and the Multicultural Ambassador Program, supported by
the Cultural Diversity Strategy 2009--14.
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